Cruise Control

Jet lagged happy meal

Jet lagged happy meal

After a roller-coaster ride across the Atlantic (WHEE!!!  Wait…how many more hours of this???  Umm.. whee…?) we landed in Lyon, a day ahead of our river cruise along the Soane and Rhone rivers.  In a desperate attempt to acclimate to the local time zone, we zombied around town til an appropriate bed time – (6PM) after devouring two cauldrons of moules (mussels) at a sidewalk cafe (with frites, of course!)  and watching the locals try to avoid both the rain and eye contact.


Spooky Jesuit staircase

Spooky Jesuit staircase

After 13 refreshing hours of shut-eye, we attacked Lyon anew, finally aware enough to appreciate the ancient Jesuit college that was our hotel.  The Jesuits are gone, (we think), but the tiny circular stone stairways and shadowed loggia remain.  Very atmospheric but not photo friendly.  You’ll just have to trust me.


imageWe climbed Fourviere hill to the cathedral.  (Huffing and puffing –  but in French)



We peeked at the Museum of Miniatures.

Yes, this is a miniature!

Yes, this is a miniature!

imageWe checked out the two Roman amphitheaters.



And, finally, we boarded the ship at the dock in Lyon.  And two days later, here we remain.  Turns out, recent torrential rains caused high rivers, so the ship can’t fit under the bridges.  So far, we’ve seen a lot of Lyon and the Soane River.  Fingers crossed, we’ll be heading downstream tonight.

18 Responses to Cruise Control

  1. Libby May 17, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    Well, THAT’S a drag. However we’ll still look forward to your posts. Did the miniatures look like rooms in the little village in England (something on Burton – can’t remember . . .)?

    • Elaine Haydock May 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      You mean that world class Model Village in Bourton-on-the-Water?? Ummm…. No. These were nice!

  2. Mike Da May 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Elaine and Roger!!!

    Enjoy your trip!! I look forward to reading your blog!!
    You should limit the number of photos with Roger in them for obvious reasons.


    Senior Judge

    • Elaine Haydock May 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

      Sorry, Mike, I have no control. His contract calls for a minimum of 2 appearances per blog posting. I should have hired a lawyer.

  3. Diane May 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Well at least you were stranded in a place that has wonderful food and you were able to get lots of exercise.

  4. Gabriele Sweidel May 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Only gone a few days and already having fun-ny adventures. Looking forward to seeing the sights along the river.

  5. John Kost May 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Eat more frites. It’ll put more weight on the boat and you’ll be able to slip under the bridges with ease. And if you’re desperate, pull more moules right from the river. That will cause the water to go down. See, sometimes you have to improvise when you travel.

    • Elaine Haydock May 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

      You are SO resourceful, John! It’s no wonder you’re the Grand Poobah at Gartner!

  6. John Kost May 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    By the way, how many motorcycles did Roger bring on the boat with him?

  7. Sandy Lew-Hailer May 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    goofy glasses are always a sign of a good guy!

  8. Karen Edison May 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi Elaine, Good to hear from you! We plan to float the Danube in September and bike every day up into the hills. Hope the weather get better. Hugs, Karen

    • Elaine Haydock May 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      Karen, if you’re doing the same (or similar) trip to the one we did two years ago – it was divine!! Great to hear from you. Hi to Dave!

  9. Jane May 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    Love to hear about your adventures!

  10. Kathleen Foss Stecker May 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    Will love “following” you!

  11. steve heminover May 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

    Laincharella Goes to France !!! That sounds like a Muppet Movie !! Be nice to Roger… Have a Great Adventure !!!

  12. Terri Keene May 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    So jealous!

  13. Mike Lyons May 19, 2016 at 12:34 am #

    Ducatis fit under every bridge

  14. Yvonne Flowers May 21, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Guys, what a shame to be stranded. Hope the rivers behave themselves soon for you. Looking forward to more updates. Love Yvonne xx

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